Published: Sun, January 28, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

IPL Auction: List of most expensive player of each IPL season

IPL Auction: List of most expensive player of each IPL season

Such is the potential of the tournament to shape futures that the ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru will again have the undivided attention of the cricket world, when the 2018 IPL player auction commences here on Saturday. With socks pulled up and belts tightened, all the 8 teams with huge pockets are ready to overtake the others.

No team has retained more than three players ahead of the auction.

There were multiple bids from Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings but Steve Smith, Stokes' captain at the Pune franchise, wanted him desperately and thus his owners respected his wish.

"Also, I am happy that a very big team like Mumbai Indians also bid for me". England all-rounder Ben Stokes triggered a bidding war at the auction before going to Rajasthan Royals for a whopping 12 crore 50 lakh rupees. After SRH did not use the RTM card, Yuvraj Singh was bought by Kings XI Punjab for his base price of Rs 2 crore. He set his base price at Rs 1 crore.

The in-form Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson, who was mulling calling time on his IPL career past year, too have entered the race with Mitchell Johnson, who has retired from worldwide cricket but continues to play in the Big Bash League.

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While Kiwis Skipper Kane Williamson sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 3 crores. And R Ashwin was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 7.60 crores and finally moved from South to North.

Kolkata Knight Riders, who had Andre Russell and Sunil Narine retained, also brought back Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa and Kuldeep Yadav while adding Mitchell Starc to their bowling ranks. Glenn Maxwell, the distructive Australian batsmen, was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 9 crore.

However, Root was one of two players to remain unsold during the first round of bidding, alongside West Indies' Chris Gayle. Whereas Manish Pandey who was moved from Kolkata Knight Riders to Sunrisers Hyderabad as the David Warner swept for Rs 11 crores. Guess what, he made his way to the Kings XI Punjab, it was an eerie moment for all the fans back in Chennai, with Chennai Super Kings bagged Harbhajan Singh in a cross-state transfer. His buy was followed by Ishan Kishan's, who went for over Rs 6 crore as well.

McCullum was in the first group of batsman on offer, and was sold to Bangalore for 3.6 crore ($770,000), who fought off the Rajasthan Royals and the Delhi Daredevils for his services.

Stokes, who was on the marquee list, had a base price of Rs 2 crore.

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